Jackson Hole climbers are making steady progress on plans to build the largest outdoor bouldering park in North America. The initiative, known as the Teton Boulder Project, is a partnership of the Town of Jackson, Wyoming, the Teton County Parks and Recreation Department and the Teton climbing community.
The park is estimate to cost $300,000 and would be located in Phil Baux Park at the base of Snow King Mountain. When the organizers released the design plans in January they had raised about about a third of the necessary funding.
The project follows the Bozeman Boulders Initiative, a successful effort to build a public boulders in Bozeman, Montana, where two artificial boulders have been constructed and two more are planned. Each of the boulders cost over $20,000.
In addition to providing a bouldering venue for locals and visitors, the organizers of the Jackson Hole initiative intend for the park honor the historical role of the Tetons in North American mountaineering and memorialize Jackson Hole climbers who have died in the Tetons and abroad.
“Despite the Tetons’ significant influence on North American mountaineering,” they wrote on the project website, “no formal recognition is given in Jackson to the men and women who have come here to climb, and who have helped make it an epicenter for American mountaineering for more than a century.”
The project release the following photo montage in homage to the history of Teton climbing: